Fish Report

November 2, 2015
BY: GARY GRAHAM

gary.jpgThe Bisbee Black & Blue found slow fishing for the targeted black and blue marlin. The three days of fishing from 8am to 5pm each day only produced three qualifying fish for the 121 teams.

First Place was taken by local charter boat “Rondinella” for a 500 pound blue marlin on the last day by a group of Canadian anglers headed up by Tyler Squire netting them $356,255

Second Place, $156,937 in prize money, was won by a team of Ennis, Texas anglers who landed a 356-pound blue, also on a local charter boat “What a Journey.”

Third Place belonged to a Costa Rican charter boat, “Tranquilo,” that made the 1900 mile journey from Quepos, Costa Rica. Although their catch was the smallest brought to the scale, because they were entered in all the various jackpots, their 327 pound blue marlin earned them the third largest pay-out in the event’s history - $2,511,462

In the release division, team “Nice Ride” received $76,295 for releasing two blue marlin. “Fantasma” took more time to release two blues putting them in second place worth $26,392. “Predator,” with a single blue marlin, was awarded $14,662.

Cabo San Lucas

If there was any doubt where most of the offshore action was, the 121 boats fishing in the Bisbee’s Black & Blue led the way out on the Pacific side. It was a bumpy ride and the big black and blue marlin were in short supply — only three met the qualifying weight. Striped marlin and sailfish were more likely targets with several boats reporting multiple catches.

Yellowfin tuna up to near the 300-pound mark were also caught beneath the porpoise schools in the same area. Still a few wahoo were caught, most accidentally, while trolling for marlin or tuna. Few dorado, although one was reportedly caught weighing 87-pounds. For the most part the season has produced very small ones that should be released. Inshore there were a few smaller roosterfish, pargo, grouper and skipjack

San Jose

Conditions have been fine in Los Cabos. Light winds in the afternoon with more breeze and swells reported on the Pacific. Ocean temperatures are still higher than average, ranging from 84 degrees on the Pacific side of Cabo San Lucas, to 87 degrees in the direction of San Jose del Cabo and the Sea of Cortez.

The fleet has been fishing close to shore off of Punta Gorda. Sardina, the preferred bait, have not been available so anglers have been using strips of Humboldt squid. Yellowfin tuna from 10 to 40 pounds have been the primary target. Feast or famine, they seem to come in waves biting anything in the water and then disappearing … only to reappear later in the day.

Nearer the bottom, there is a mix of triggerfish, pompano, barred pargo and small snapper to pick through. An occasional dorado, wahoo, striped marlin or sailfish rounds out the surface action.

Blue marlin were scattered; no black marlin reported recently, a few stripers and fair numbers of sailfish weighing up to 100 pounds. Despite limited options, with the cooling weather patterns, water temperatures will also cool and a change in currents should help improve our all-around action.

East Cape

Fall conditions are here; the mornings are now cool. And, if you need further proof, we’ve had a few days of North Wind. Hurricane Patricia paid a visit to the area, but fortunately passed on without affecting us.

Live and dead sardina and good caballito are all available for purchase

The fishing right now is pretty much all about marlin; a very good bite persists. One 300-pound blue was landed recently and there are lots of sailfish around — the best was again off La Ribera. Striped marlin were also plentiful.

Yellowfin tuna and dorado have disappeared after an amazing summer-long run. The few tuna found were off Los Frailes. We understand unofficially that a 48-pounder won the Tuna Jackpot.

Smaller roosters and jacks are plentiful along the beaches especially in the early mornings.

Another sure sign of the changing seasons is the return of sierra, a favorite for cerviche. Good fishing along the beaches and outside the La Riviera Marina.

Bottom fishing produced pargo and amberjacks in good to very good numbers.

La Paz

I think this is one of the few times this year where the fishing was actually better in this area than with the La Paz fleet fishing north out of town.

fishkiller2105.jpgLas Arenas fleet had the nicer football tunas to play with. Fish in the 8- to 20-pound class at least put some quality fillets in the box. It wasn’t wide open by any stretch, but the boats got two to nine fish per day, though it changed daily, from boat-to-boat often fishing right next to each other. Just came down to dumb luck sometimes with no rhyme or reason as to why one boat would get bit and others would goose-egg. But, the fish were there and made for fun when mixed with the other species like bonito … some wahoo … as well as some decent billfish, too!

La Paz fishing has been a wild card ace all year. At least the small dorado would provide ready action and help fill the chests. The fish were often close to shore and the bay and they were voracious.

But bait has been small and difficult to get. Recently, the bigger body of fish has been all the way on the other side of the bay near San Juan de la Costa … a pretty far run.

One of our pangas would get six or seven dorado weighing up to about 10 pounds and others would get one, two, three — or even none — just lots of bonito biters. Combined with the big winds and chop from Hurricane Patricia, it was not easy fishing. Fortunately, that’s why we have two fleets and we had most of our folks fishing with our Las Arenas fleet so they at least had shots at tuna and wahoo.

Cabo San Lucas

Tracy Ehrenberg www.piscessportfishing.com

Larry Edwards www.cortezcharters.com

San Jose

Gordo Bank Pangas www.gordobanks.com

East Cape

Rancho Leonero Hotel www.rancholeonero.com

Jen Wren Sportfishing www.thejenwren.com

East Cape Tackle Cindy Kirkwood, www.eastcapetackle.com

La Paz

Jonathan Roldan’s Tailhunter International www.tailhunter-international.com